Dear Business Week
Just a thought from 18 March 2006 about , , , .

Thanks for featuring Fray, my humble site, in the lead of your recent story, You Are What You Post. We always appreciate journalists taking the time to use a 5 year-old personal story contributed to our "obscure" literary site as a to peg to hang a fear-mongering, hysterical story on.

But it would have been nice if you had at least linked to the original stuff to let readers judge the threat for themselves. The original story was called Letterman on Drugs and was written by the talented storyteller Lance Anderson.

Young Josh posted his story to the posting area that follows every Fray story. His contribution appears at the top of the second page. As you can see, he's in good company. There are 39 pages of stories like Josh's.

You might not know this, since it takes a tiny amount of research, but I have a robots.txt file in place that prohibits search engine spiders from indexing the posting areas on Fray. We do this to try to protect the stories posted there from exactly the kind of prying eyes you describe so colorfully in your story.

If you really found a link to Josh's story on Fray in Google, then the story is that Google is not respecting the robots.txt exclusion protocol as they say they do. But, looking for myself, I see no link to Josh's story, which kinda puts a big hole in your story, no? So perhaps the story could be about the methods conscientious website administers can use to keep their user-contributed content out of search indexes.

But I understand if spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the wild world of the user-generated web is more your thing.

SEE ALSO: Josh's two cents.

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “Dear Business Week” that I wrote on 18 March 2006.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “Four Themes from skinnyCorp” on 15 March 2006. After this, I wrote “I Live in the Future” on 23 March 2006.

Four Themes from skinnyCorp
Another one of my favorite sessions at SXSW Interactive 2006 was Zero-Advertising Brands, where we got to watch Maggie Mason...
15 March 2006

I Live in the Future
So today I found myself at home, sitting on the couch, plugged into my laptop. I was talking to a...
23 March 2006

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Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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